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Akshay Amle - 2011-09-13
I have a question regarding the plastic plants that we use in the aquarium, actually the plants which I brought from the Local Pet store have a base of Plaster of Paris, so I am confused and even have a ? in my mind that will it affect the water quality or will dissolve in water...my aqua. is tropical one...so please help me out to this situation..waiting for warm reply..


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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-17
    I have seen plants incased in a tube with plaster of paris at the bottom and soil on top. It can be a sign that an individual is growing them in their own aquarium and selling them to the pet store. At least that is the only place I have seen them. It is actually a good way of ensuring the plants will get proper soil to grow in. I have never seen the plaster dissolve, it usually hangs in there.
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amara - 2011-07-11
Easiest Aquarium Set Up...55 gal. tank two large fish...bubble aerators (one or two)...heater for winter and filter that hangs on the back..all that oxygen eliminates ALL other chemicals!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-11
    Hey even I can do that. Thank you. I had fish but didn't want to get back into the work but you make it sound easy. I forget the kind but I would love two gouramis.
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Younis - 2011-06-01
Previous combination is good and if your looking to breed them make sure the gravel has to be filled with natural medium size stone for more hideouts for new comers. But me personaly, I would suggest you get 4 or 5 kinds of cichlids because they are strong hardy fish and they will live forever :)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-01
    The cichlids are so attractive and yes they are hardy. Mine did great and made all sorts of little caves and hollows out of the stones and pebbles.
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Marietjie - 2011-02-28
We started a cold water aquarium with gold fish, as always we added our salt + drops, now the water is milky.

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  • liz - 2011-05-20
    My water got cloudy after I had a snail that got sick. I added more spring water and checked the filter placement and in a few hrs it is running great. Snail is in a hospital area in a holding tank.....puffer abuse.
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Rachel Morris - 2010-08-15
Why is my fish losing colour?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-08-26
    Probably related to the food you are feeding them. There are many color enhancing foods, they probably contain elements that grant bright colors, while some regular foods contain only nutrients to maintain health. You are what you eat, and in many animals, like the flamingo, you get your colors from your food!
  • no name - 2010-11-07
    My fish (Rainbow) was losing color....we had him for a while. So I think it's old age.
  • justin - 2011-01-29
    Your fish might be losing color because it is either getting sick or if you have other fish in it it might be nipping at the body and damaging the color. If you go to a local pet store get tetra color. It's a natural color enhancer which will bring back it color hope it works and good luck.
  • Linda - 2011-04-12
    I read somewhere that it has to do with the amount of light your fish receive.
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Dan Jalbert - 2011-02-22
I need some info on my water I live in fl. and my water is hard lots of lime and other things like maybe sulfer not sure but can I use or treat it to start a fresh water fish tank? Thanks, Dan.

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Chris - 2010-09-05
There is a wealth of information in this article and on this site. I just wanted to concur, that larger fish tanks are easier because they are more stable in regards to water quality and other factors. Also, make sure you use a background that will hide the cords in the back, this is something I forget to mention when teaching others about freshwater aquarium setup.

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  • Scott - 2011-02-06
    I put some hooks onto suction cups and put them on the back of my aquarium at the top. This makes it easy to attach a bath towel across the back (in front of the cords and hoses) and we can change it out with a different color every other month or so. I'm not sure how the fish feel about it, but we enjoy the variety it provides and it is cheaper and easier than getting a bunch of the store bought backgrounds.
  • Donna - 2011-02-24
    You can also use aluminum foil. Crinkle it up and smooth it back out and it looks great and cheap!
  • naveen - 2011-03-24
    It's nice.
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Jeremy - 2011-01-17
I bought my son a large tank (roughly 50 gallons) at a consignment store and am looking for the most durable fish we can find to spare him the death of his pets as much as possible. We currently have 2 goldfish that were bought from the feeder fish tank and 4 wild caught catfish.

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  • John - 2011-02-23
    If you want to save a lot of time and money I would suggest setting up a swordtail/guppy/platy tank they breed like crazy keep lots of live plants floating and you will never need to buy fish again plus you can sell your overstock to pay for filter media etc... a good hobby for a college fund.
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Muzammil Khan - 2011-02-23
My Red Dragon FlowerHorn loses its color as soon as I change water or put him into a new aquarium. I have kept him with Golden Severums and Oscars. Also my fish seldom show off beautiful colors. Please guide.

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  • John - 2011-02-23
    If you use jungle natural coulours it makes tanic water it will make your fish glow nice and bright it really works well.
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Valarie - 2010-12-28
I have a Black Moor fish and five neons and a sucker fish they have been living happily for about 8 months now and all of a sudden the sucker fish disappeared. I think Rupert (the Moor) ate him is this possible? There was no remains whatsoever, but the little neons seem to be unscathed. When I first got The Moor he was in a larger tank outside for the spring and I thought the neighborhood cat was eating his poolmates, now I wonder if it was him. (hence the name Rupert as the survivor)

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  • cory - 2011-02-16
    It doesn't seem very likely that rupert ate your bottom feeder, not whole anyway. Do you have a lid on your tank? If not, is it possible that your water was too high and he jumper out?
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